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  • CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps "the greatest tragedy" the state "has ever faced," Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).

    Meanwhile, the former main campus of Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., was being used to shelter both evacuees and out-of-town fire crews, and a pastor in Calistoga, Calif., credited prayer with saving his town. Read More

  • Calif. wildfires rage, churches 'jumping into action'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings since Oct. 8, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work.

    The death toll is expected to rise, according to media reports, and more than 100 people have been reported missing. As of Monday night (Oct. 10), several of the 17 fires had not been contained. Read More

  • FROM THE COLLEGES: Williams to rename as a university; OBU women's soccer competes in Asia & England; ...

    by Baptist college, BP Staff, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    In today's From the Colleges: Williams Baptist College; Oklahoma Baptist University; California Baptist University; Louisiana College.

    Williams Baptist College to be renamed as a university; Oklahoma Baptist University Lady Bison soccer team competes in west Asia and Europe; California Baptist University students provide health care in East Africa, China and Philippines; Louisiana College faculty's book study integrates faith and learning. Read More

  • Pro-life campus group focus of lawsuit

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, June 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (BP) -- Despite granting nearly $300,000 to LGBT groups to host speakers and put on events, California State University- San Marcos apparently denied money to the Students for Life group on campus -- and now the school faces a lawsuit.

    The pro-life organization requested $500, the capped amount granted to student groups from a cache of mandatory student fees, to host a speaker on the topic of "Abortion and Human Equality." The school allegedly denied the request, and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group and its ... Read More

  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More

  • ERLC-led coalition urges defeat of Calif. bill

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist-led, multi-faith coalition has urged California legislators to abandon a bill it says would violate religious freedom in higher education. Read More

  • Calif. leader Fermín Whittaker to retire

    by Terry Barone, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín A. Whittaker, executive director of California Southern Baptist Convention since 1995, announced May 13 he will retire next February upon completing 22 years of service.

    In his announcement to the CSBC Executive Board during its regular spring meeting, Whittaker said that since his early call to ministry "I have known the blessings of being a servant of God. I find it amazing that God could take a stuttering kid like me [to be] a pastor of His church." Read More